With the NBA trade deadline fast approaching and the unsettling realization that the Portland Trail Blazers could be active participants hanging overhead like a black cloud, CJ McCollum had a Wednesday of relaxation mapped out to escape the noise. Following the Blazers' afternoon practice, McCollum planned on laying for a massage, sitting for a meditation session and then, later in the evening, curling up on the couch to watch something new on Netflix. "When I leave here, I go do other things and try to forget about basketball for a little bit," McCollum said. "Because it's mentally draining and consuming to try to think about it all the time. When you're on social media, it's undeniably frustrating sometimes. You can't escape it." McCollum and his teammates will finally be able to escape the deadline chatter at noon on Thursday, when it passes and they know who -- if anyone -- is coming and going on a team that continues to underwhelm despite boasting one of the NBA's highest payrolls. For the most part, the rumor mill has been quiet surrounding the Blazers. But Neil Olshey, the Blazers' President of Basketball Operations, does not historically stand pat, so odds suggest something will happen. One thing that will not happen: Any trade involving McCollum. A source with knowledge of the Blazers' deadline thinking told The Oregonian/OregonLive that McCollum is not -- and never will be -- going anywhere, even though his name has been attached to rumors involving Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers. That stance echoes past comments from Olshey, who has labeled his dynamic shooting guard off limits to interested parties.
Portland Trail Blazers brace for NBA trade deadline, but CJ McCollum isn't going anywhere
Oregonian | Feb 7